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US Capitol attack reignites talk on guns in Michigan Capitol

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Concerns over security at Michigan’s Capitol building have reignited after the U.S. Capitol came under attack by a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters last week. In Michigan, concealed and open carry firearms are allowed in the Capitol. Since last spring when armed protesters entered the Capitol and yelled at members of security outside the legislative chambers to be let inside, statewide calls to ban firearms in the statehouse have been made. Republican legislative leaders are reexamining their opposition and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is renewing her call for restrictions.


Students raise enough money to help a family with a home

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Students at a Grand Rapids-area high school have raised enough money to help a family acquire a home. Forest Hills Central in Ada Township raised $21,000 — more than double its goal — to help families with gifts at Christmas. The balance will be used by Family Promise of Grand Rapids to help a family with housing. Family Promise purchases and renovates affordable homes. After a year, a family gets to keep the home. Forest Hills Central principal Steve Passinault says the pandemic has given students an “opportunity to reflect on what is most important.”


Detroit Economic Club annual meeting to be held online

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Economic Club’s annual Michigan Economic Outlook will be held online this year. The event is scheduled Tuesday and will feature Michigan State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks and Gabriel Ehrlich, University of Michigan director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics. Results of the ninth annual Michigan Economic Outlook Survey will be unveiled at Tuesday’s meeting. The survey involves input from business professionals and associations throughout the state.


Judge fines UP cafe, says civil disobedience ‘not an option’

CALUMET, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Peninsula cafe has been found in contempt of court and fined $2,500 for continuing to serve indoor diners. It’s the latest turn in an effort to get Cafe Rosetta to comply with coronavirus restrictions. Judge Wanda Stokes says civil disobedience is “not an option.” Stokes held a hearing Friday involving the cafe, which serves soup, sandwiches and more in Calumet in Houghton County. Co-owner Amy Heikkinen says she can’t afford to limit her business to carry-out orders. Hundreds of people rallied to support her on Jan. 2. The judge suspended the fine until Wednesday to allow the cafe’s attorney to file legal arguments against it.


Restoration planned for shuttered Sleeping Bear Dunes inn

GLEN HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — An inn in northwestern Michigan that once welcomed lumberjacks and dock workers may have a future as a bed-and-breakfast lodge. reports that the National Park Service intends to lease the Sleeping Bear Inn and Garage in Glen Haven to the nonprofit Balancing Environment and Rehabilitation for restoration. The inn was constructed around 1865 and closed during the 1970s. It is northwest of Traverse City along the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The buildings need rehabilitation to bring them up to code. Balancing Environment and Rehabilitation also would work closely with the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Lakeshore for inn operations.


Need stamps in Detroit? Go to the Aretha post office

DETROIT (AP) — The Queen of Soul will forever be remembered at a Detroit post office. President Donald Trump has signed a law that names a post office for Aretha Franklin, who died in 2018. U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence is a Detroit-area Democrat who sponsored the bill. Lawrence says renaming the post office for Franklin is a “small gesture of gratitude for her countless contributions to Detroit and the United States.” The post office is about five miles east of downtown Detroit on East Jefferson Avenue.


Michigan man charged in threats to state Capitol, lawmaker

A mid-Michigan man accused of threatening a state lawmaker and falsely reporting a bomb in the state Capitol building has been charged with terrorism. Michigan’s attorney general’s office says 48-year-old Michael Varrone was arraigned Friday on two counts of false report or threat of terrorism and one count of making a false report or threat of bomb. Both charges are felonies. One stems from threats made in December to Rep. Cynthia Johnson, a Detroit Democrat. He’s also accused of phoning a threat to the Capitol building in Lansing on Thursday, saying it was going to explode. The threat was false.


Whitmer: Schools should offer in-person classes by March 1

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is strongly encouraging all K-12 schools in Michigan to reopen for in-person instruction by March 1. She stopped short of requiring it Friday, but said face-to-face classes should at least be an option. Many schools, including in large districts such as Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, have been fully remote during the coronavirus pandemic. Teachers are among residents who will be vaccinated starting Monday as the state transitions to the next phase of its vaccine rollout. Vaccines were first offered to health care workers and nursing home residents.


Man wanted for 2019 murder is found shot to death day later

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man wanted for a 2019 murder in Saginaw was found dead Friday, the victim of multiple gunshots. Joseph Black’s body was discovered a day after police sought the public’s help in locating him. State police Lt. Lizabeth Rich says Black’s death is being treated as a homicide. No other details were released. The 25-year-old Black was accused in the December 2019 fatal shooting of 26-year-old Richard Townsend Jr. in Buena Vista Township.


State capitols reassess safety after violence at US Capitol

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Some governors and state lawmakers are reassessing security at state capitols across the country after the violence that occurred this week at the U.S. Capitol. Like the nation’s capitol, many statehouses are regular targets for demonstrations. Many already have armed security personnel and metal detectors that screen visitors. But state security officials are considering whether they need to do more. Officials in several states say security will be enhanced as their legislatures convene and governors are inaugurated this month.